More Than Just A Walk In The Park

More Than Just A Walk In The Park

By Marla Ballard


JACKSON COUNTY -Nature lovers, picnickers, walkers, joggers, runners, fishermen, boating enthusiasts, barbeque lovers, children, families, those who love camping or a cabin retreat, and those who simply enjoy sitting by a river will all find what they are looking for at Jackson County Park.

In the park, visitors will find peppered along the bank of the Tennessee River picnic tables and porch swings. The 652-mile-long river passes along the edge of Scottsboro and the park offers water enthusiasts multiple ways of enjoying this scenic sight. Guests who just wish to sit and watch will enjoy the breeze and watch the boats and ducks pass by.

Fishing is allowed off certain docks located in the park and fishermen will find Largemouth bass, Bluegill,  and Black crappie among the species of fish in the Scottsboro area. Boaters will find boat trailer parking and boat ramps to launch their watercraft. Rental boat slips are also available. For those not owning their own watercraft, a variety of watercraft rentals are available at Lakeshore Watercraft Rentals & Store, located inside the park.

For information call 256-609-2847. Gas is sold at the park for boaters.

The .07 (some say .08) paved walking trail meanders through lush greenery with some river views and past the children’s playground. An occasional bench is situated along the path. The walking trail was landscaped by a volunteer who planted a variety of plants for bloom viewing all through the blooming season. 

The fenced-in children’s playground has some seating for guardians. The shaded lot offers a large selection of playground equipment for children in the room is available. 

Be forewarned that the aroma of barbeque wafts over the park six days a week generally from 10:30 a.m. until supper time. KC’s BBQ has indoor and outdoor dining right on the river’s edge. Some nights music adds to the charm of this riverbank restaurant. Call 256-999-0425. Boaters may dock to visit the restaurant for a small fee.

A campground and cabins are available for those wanting to stay overnight. Jackson County Park offers both RV camping and primitive tent camping. The RV spots are located inside a gated area with 30/50 amp service, water, cable, sewer, and Wi-Fi. Golf carts are welcome. There is a bathhouse and propane refills are available. Free uncovered boat slips are accessible for campers for quick water access.

 A pavilion is obtainable for group gatherings by appointment only. Located at 2302 County Park Road, Scottsboro. Phone 256-574-4719.